One day a fox went hunting in the woods and caught a young pup. The pup pleaded with the fox, “Don’t eat me now! I’m much too small and scrawny for you. I would hardly be a snack. Let me go and I promise that I will return in a year. I will have more meat and you’ll feast on my bones for days afterword.
The greedy fox decided that the pup was right. He made the pup swear to return in a year and then let the pup go.
At the end of one year the fox returned to the spot and anxiously waited for his meal.
Out of the thicket emerged a huge hound dog that immediately pounced on the fox. “I have returned as I promised,” said the dog. “Now it is your turn to beg for mercy.”
Moral: “Never let weak enemies become strong enemies.”